On May 12, the sort of cyber disaster security experts had warned about for years had finally happened, in its wake compromising everything from corporations to hospitals across the planet. But something else that had never happened started then, too—everyone paid attention. Considering the “numerosity and intensity and geographic spread of the attacks,” Day Pitney partner Jed Davis said, “this is the wake-up call, if people needed one before now.”

And that wake-up call, Davis added, needs to be heard on two fronts: “the need to take control of the overall risk management process, including backing up the crown jewels,” and improving security awareness.

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